Singapore unveils huge solar panel farm

This is one of the world's largest floating solar farms

Location: Singapore

It’s made up of 122,000 solar panels

making it as big as 45 football fields

It produces enough electricity to power the island's five water treatment plants

The project is part of Singapore's plan to quadruple its solar energy production by 2025

to help tackle climate change

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR SINGAPORE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, SEMBCORP INDUSTRIES, JEN TAN, SAYING:

"Solar energy in fact is one of the most important sources of green energy. In order to facilitate our Singapore Green Plan, solar energy is something that we really need to deploy and increase the deployment. However the challenges is the intermittancy of solar panels. It's affected by rainy weather and cloudy weather. So we are continuously looking at energy storage solutions to complement this. Hopefully in the next one to two years it will become commercially viable and the intermittancy is no longer an issue."

Courtesy: Sembcorp Industries

The farm could reduce carbon emissions by about 32 kilotonnes annually

which is comparable to taking 7,000 cars off the roads

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR SINGAPORE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, SEMBCORP INDUSTRIES, JEN TAN, SAYING:

"With the experience that we have gained and the capabilities we have built we hope to grow not only in Singapore but in the region, to build more floating solar plants."

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